Listed Building

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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 9030 59486
309030, 859486


1802, additions and alterations (which in the main retain the

original floor plan but heighten the house), Charles Doig,

Elgin 1903; further additions and remodelling, W H Woodroffe,

London, 1912-14. Minor alterations, A J Morrison, Elgin,


Substantial 2-storey and attic house over raised basement;

regular wide 7-bay S front (3 centre bays linked to advanced

outer bays by narrow bays). Squared cherry-pointed tooled

ashlar frontage, tooled rubble flanks and rear, contrasting

polished ashlar dressings.

Centre entrance approached by flight of steps oversailing

raised basement; entrance masked by substantial porch added

after 1914 and modelled on tetrastyle portico of 1802, with

bowed mullioned and transomed side windows and glazed

frontage with coloured glass depicting Lictors' staves.

Flanking tripartites with carved detailing as on porch; 3 1st

floor bipartites. 1912-14 Venetian windows in ground floor of

both advanced outer bays with tripartite in 1st floor above;

multi-pane glazing. Substantial corniced blocking course to

outer bays returning across E and W side elevations with

quatrefoil detailing. Tall corniced ridge and wallhead stacks

with repeat quatrefoil detailing to copes; piended slate

roofs, steeply pitched in centre.

Wide rear elevation with irregular advanced outer bays; 4

piended and one box dormer.

INTERIOR: some 1802 beaded panelled dados, window shutters

and doors survive. White painted 1802 carved chimneypiece in

entrance hall with mantel-shelf supported by slender columns

with Corinthian capitals. Present dining room with carved

white marble chimneypiece with centre swag. 1802 plaster

ceiling friezes in drawing and dining rooms, 1912 frieze in

entrance hall. 1903 staircase fronted by arcaded screen

supported by fluted Ionic columns.

Statement of Special Interest

Burgie was the seat of the Dunbar's of Grange; in 1796 Lewis

Dunbar of Burgie married Sophia Brodie of Coulmony,

Nairnshire, adding Brodie to his name. They built the present

Burgie House in 1802, demolishing the old castle (except the

tower) to provide materials.

The estate was rented by Alexander Thomson, who originated

from Turriff and who made money in Ceylon, from 1900 and

purchased by him in 1911. His initials together with those of

his wife are on the 1912 datestone; reused datestone of 1621

set in E gable are those of Robert Dunbar and his wife,

Isabella Sharp.

Charles Doig probably acted as executant architect to W H

Woodroffe 1912-14, as the plans are together in the Doig

Collection. The drawings show the original tetrastyle

portico, rather than the one fronting the house at present.

The 1802 portico was subsequently re-erected in the walled




NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1843), p.248. J G Murray, THE

BOOK OF BURGIE (1930), PP.121-2. Elgin Library, Doig

Collection, DGV P53.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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